Blackcaps it turns out are like buses, you wait for ages and then two come along at once. Not the first sighting of a singing Blackcap at Brandon this spring but the first for me, located in New Hare Covert shortly after arriving. While passing Newlands by the Olive Wood Seat a large flock of circa 50 Lesser Redpoll were feeding in a nearby Alder. Probably using the area as a staging post before moving off, up to 70% of the British population migrates to the Low Countries and some even reach as far as Italy and Portugal.
East Marsh Pool had the usual water birds on offer but a small increase in the wader population with 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatcher and 3 Redshank, having said that, Snipe numbers were down to 18. It was also good to see a number of Sand Martin using the nesting structure, probably some of the 57 birds ringed on site last year returning.
A walk across to Farm Field late morning produced some remaining Fieldfare, 7 in total, and a slight surprise as a single Red Legged Partridge went scurrying across the path near the top gate.
A few notable numbers in the final count for today were 2 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch and 3 Treecreeper, not forgetting 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Green, but alas no House Martin.
I'd also put my Golden Eagle sighting of April 1st (pictured above) in the reserve sightings book, a bird which I located perched on the large dead tree at Carlton Hide, and can't imagine why someone had put a pen through it, fools!